Trump is not happy.
In another defeat for former President Donald Trump, Republican Mike Collins is projected to win the GOP nomination to represent Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, beating Trump-backed, former state Rep. Vernon Jones by a landslide in Tuesday’s primary runoff.
At 7:53 PM (E.T.), the Associated Press called the race. By 12:58 AM (E.T.) Collins had received 74.5 percent of the vote, with 95 percent already reported.
On May 24, Collins, who owns a trucking company, secured first place in the primary against Jones and several other Republican candidates. However, he fell short of the majority support required for an outright win, having secured only a 4-point lead.
Jones’ road to loss in the 10th District started with a bid to acquire the Republican nomination for Georgia governor, only to drop out of that race when Trump promised he would endorse him in the 10th District.
However, after Collins received Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s endorsement last week, his primary runoff victory against Jones — a former Democrat — was all but guaranteed.
Once Kemp gave his endorsement, the 10th District runoffs also became a proxy war between Trump’s influence and Georgia’s Republican chief executive in the heavily Republican district.
With Collins’s win called, Trump has to confront the reality that his endorsing power isn’t as robust as he believed when he bragged his candidate, former Senator David Perdue (R-GA.), would win the Gubernatorial primary against Kemp. But Kemp skated to victory despite Trump’s threats.
Trump also threw his support behind numerous Georgia GOP challengers but only emerged with a handful of victories.